The Wikiwiki Tribe Leaders, Rob Sears and Loren Taylor, are experienced coaches who love triathlon. Loren is Rob’s guide and it was during a long Wattbike session that the concept for Wikiwiki was born.
Trying to find club sessions that fit in with the pairs busy schedule was impossible, as was finding a club that used facilities that suited Rob with his visual impairment.
“We were paying membership to a club but we were doing all our training sessions just the two of us. We’d go to races and feel like outsiders because we didn’t train with a club so weren’t really part of it. Luckily for us we didn’t really need that but we started wondering how did people train that had no knowledge or experience of coaching.” Loren
“Being visually impaired means that my training has to be accessible for me. I like training on my own or with Loren. We like fitting training in when it suits us and my eyesight. We were self coaching ourselves and putting together some really good sessions to keep things interesting – basically writing out a club type session for swim, bike and run to simulate a club session. This was great but having like minded others around to spur you on and having access to experienced coaches is important for us as well.” Rob
Realising there were likely to be others feeling the same way, Rob and Loren set up Wikiwiki in January 2019, to offer people the chance to access club sessions they could do in their own time, at a place that suited them but while also pulling in expertise from many other fields to offer club members even more information to improve their training and racing.
“We wanted to allow people to access quality coaching but to allow them to train alone, in their own time, wherever they are but be a part of something that could offer a community feel, a team spirit and a support network should they want it. We want our members to have teammates all over the world and be a part of something special!” Rob.
I have been a sports therapist and personal trainer since 2004. Over my career I have gained over 60 professional qualifications ranging from my sports psychology degree to my Level 5 diplomas in both sports therapy and personal training. Before moving to Norwich, UK in 2016, I worked as a sports performance specialist for different clubs in London and Surrey for 13 years. I am also a Lead Coach at Norfolk’s largest running club, Norwich Road Runners.
I started specifically training and coaching triathletes in 2011 after finishing the London Triathlon. I have raced every distance from super sprint to long course (Ironman). I am visually impaired so my racing from 2020 will be assisted by a guide (Loren). My para triathlon goal is to race at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Check out our training journey below to see how we are getting on.
I am a Level 2 British Triathlon Federation (BTF) coach, an Ironman University Certified Triathlon Coach, an England Athletics certified Coach in Running Fitness, an Advanced Wattbike Instructor and am currently working towards the BTF level 2 coaching diploma.
I am a certified accountant by day and a running coach and pilates instructor by night! I was coached and competed at national level in swimming as a junior athlete. I am also a Lead Coach at Norfolk’s largest running club, Norwich Road Runners.
My triathlon journey began in 2016. I started with a middle distance (70.3) triathlon, closely followed by an Olympic distance. I came second and first in my age group respectively and that motivated me to train even harder. Since then I have won age group trophies for super sprint and sprint distances and my aim is to win over longer distances in the coming years. My aim is to qualify and race at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii both as an individual and as a para triathlon guide for Rob. Check out our training journey below to see how we are getting on.
I am a Level 2 British Triathlon Federation (BTF) coach, a Level 3 Mat Pilates instructor, an England Athletics certified Coach in Running Fitness and British Cycling Coach.